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Osan aircraft relocate for runway repairs

Aircraft assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, will relocate to a nearby Republic of Korea Air Force base for six weeks during Osan runway repairs.

U-2s, A-10s and F-16s stationed at Osan will operate from Suwon Air Base beginning Aug. 1 while Air Force and South Korean contractors repair the runway. The aircraft will fly regular reconnaissance and training flights from Suwon.

Suwon Air Base previously was home to the 25th Fighter Squadron, now stationed at Osan. It hosted several Air Force fighter squadrons throughout the Korean War, and F-102 and F-4 squadrons in the 1960s and 70s. It now hosts two Korean KF-5 squadrons.

"Suwon Air Base and the City of Suwon have a long history of generosity toward the U.S. Air Force," 51st Fighter Wing Commander Col. Andrew Hansen said in a news release. "We are extremely grateful for their ongoing generosity and friendship. We're proud to continue defending the skies over the Republic of Korea."

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